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Tiana Clark

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Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark is the author of I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of the 2017 Furious Flower Poetry Center's Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize as well as the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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                                                 I was born into this world sideways.
                                 Doctor said,
                                                 surgery, to break my face
                           set it right again

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   after Carrie Mae Weems’s Roaming series

Before I knew
how to fill my onyx body
with slick measures,

dip every curve
in my skin with dark sway,
I needed a picture.

Before me stood
a long black dress I called Woman—
you stand opaque

with your back to me,
a statue of witness,
the door of Yes
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after not wanting to watch “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” on Spike TV

It rained inside me
it is raining inside my neck
the rain falls in sheets inside long sheets inside
all the rain is falling inside collapsing spit
I don’t want to watch another black man die
today or know

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